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Ex-Ram Alleges Attorney Misconduct

August 25, 1998

LOS ANGELES (AP) _ Darryl Henley, the former Rams cornerback serving prison time for trying to have his ex-girlfriend and a federal judge killed, has filed court papers alleging misconduct by his former defense attorney.

In March 1997, Henley was sentenced to 235 months in federal prison after pleading guilty to two murder-for-hire counts. He offered $200,000 to have ex-Rams cheerleader Tracy Ann Donaho and U.S. District Judge Gary Taylor killed.

Taylor presided over Henley’s 1995 cocaine distribution conspiracy case in which the football player was convicted. Donaho was a witness at the trial.

The court records on Henley’s motion have been sealed at the request of his lawyer, Raul Ayala.

But according to some documents obtained by City News Service, Henley claims lawyer David Reed promised that in exchange for a guilty plea on the murder-for-hire charges prosecutors would request a sentence reduction.

Henley also claims Reed failed to tell him all of his available defenses, specifically that he could have argued that he was entrapped in the narcotics conspiracy charges.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Marc Harris and Ayala refused Monday to comment on the matter because it is under seal. Reed also would not comment.

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